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Governor, legislative leaders agree on transportation package  
 
4/20/2006, 5:39 p.m. ET  
By KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN  
The Associated Press  
 
LANSING, Mich. (AP) Millions of dollars will be pumped into local road projects now that Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Republican legislative leaders have reached an agreement on how some of the money should be spent.  
 
Under the plan, the state will give $80 million in grants to local governments that they can use to match $320 million in federal transportation dollars, getting $400 million in projects under way this year and next.  
 
Many local governments have said their tight budgets have prevented them from having the funds to match the federal dollars, leaving some projects undone.  
 
[AD] Granholm said getting some of those stalled projects off the shelf and starting early on others could help the state add 7,100 jobs over the 2006 and 2007 construction seasons.  
 
"People will see a lot of projects in the next two seasons," the Democratic governor told The Associated Press in a telephone call. "Contracts can be let, dirt can fly."  
 
Local road projects that will get the state grants will be decided by officials from the County Road Association of Michigan and the Michigan Municipal League, along with Michigan Department of Transportation officials.  
 
Two bills allowing the funding to go forward for the local roads projects were passed Thursday by the Senate and are headed to the House.  
 
The agreement between Granholm, GOP House Speaker Craig DeRoche of Novi and GOP Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema of Wyoming also affects mass transit.  
 
It allows communities to ask voters to approve taxes that would raise money to match federal mass transit funds. Federal money already has been set aside for engineering work on a Detroit-to-Ann Arbor light rail system and a study on the need for a rail system in Grand Rapids, but the work can't continue without the match from local governments.  
 
Lawmakers last year passed a bill allowing Grand Rapids to ask voters to approve the transit tax, but not Detroit or Ann Arbor. Granholm vetoed that bill in December.  
 
Tourism also will benefit under the agreement, which sets aside $7.5 million this year and the same amount in 2007 to market Michigan to out-of-state travelers.  
 
The agreement also restores $1 million in state Amtrak subsidies.  
 
It authorizes nearly $70 million in state road projects for this year, including some that had been vetoed by Granholm. Now that the state will be getting a larger share of federal transportation dollars, it will have the money it needs to go ahead with the projects, Transportation Department spokesman Ben Kohrman said.  
 
[AD] Among the projects authorized are improvements to U.S. 131 on the Constantine bypass in southwest Michigan; a study of the possible expansion of Interstate 75 from Eight Mile Road to state Route 59 in Oakland County; improvements to the Wixom Road interchange on I-96 in Oakland County; and the Michigan Technological University Skyway in Houghton.  
 
Sikkema and DeRoche said the agreement will help create jobs and spur Michigan's economy, which has been weighed down by some domestic automakers' and suppliers' financial troubles.  
 
"This agreement will accomplish many goals vital to bringing Michigan out of its economic slump and getting her people working again," Sikkema said in a statement.  
 
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The local roads project bills are Senate Bills 1132 and 1192.  
 
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On the Net:  
 
Gov. Jennifer Granholm: http://www.michigan.gov/gov  
 
Michigan Legislature: http://www.legislature.mi.gov


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Here is the prob this is for the 2006-2007 budget we still need $1 million for the rest of 2005/2006.

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Appropriations; transportation; state transportation department; provide for fiscal year 2006-2007. Creates appropriation act.
Last Action: 2/21/2006 - referred to Committee on Appropriations
 
 
House Bill link
 
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(s1khmx45zzmcqr5555fehxjq)/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=2006-HB-5737
 
 
Senate Bill link
 
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(s1khmx45zzmcqr5555fehxjq)/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=2006-SB-1097
 
Appropriations; transportation; state transportation department; provide for fiscal year 2006-2007. Creates appropriation act.
Last Action: 2/28/2006 - REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
 
 


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